Saturday, 22 September 2012

Good View Eventually

Friday September 21

Yes, the sky was grey when we left home, we still did not expect the rain which greeted us in the Fakenham area. This continued all the way to Roydon. What to do? I suggested trying Holme anyway which turned out to be a good idea.
We sat in the car eating breakfast, viewing the clump of Elder and Bramble between the pay hut and the first car park. Four hardy souls stood hunched, hoods up, gazing intently at the bushes. Plenty of blackberries and raindrop-shimmering elderberries meant a flurry of small birds including a male Blackcap and several linnets. One of the men then moved left and appeared to see the bird. We all joined him. I moved to the right of the group and immediately saw most of the juvenile Barred Warbler in an Alder. Jammy. It then flew right into a Hawthorn and posed in full view for a couple of minutes. Excellent views of a skulking bird. 
The rain became heavier so we made for home via Thornham, where the creeks were still full. Thornham at its best - apart from the rain. I scoped the beach finding Gannets, Bar-tailed Godwits, Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, Curlew and Ringed Plover. A group of large gulls included both Lesser and Greater Black-backed. Two Sandwich Terns preened at the tide's edge.
Still raining heavily at Titchwell so we gave up and drove home. As we entered North Walsham the pager told me that there had been Bonxies and Velvet Scoter past Gore Point and a Red-breasted Flycatcher and a Yellow-browed Warbler on the NOA reserve. Later on, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were seen in the 'Forest'. Was this in the rain?  The roads were dry at home........not for long though, the rain came down seriously enough to give the garden a good soaking.

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